Terry Hayes Terry Hayes i(A4683 works by)
Also writes as: Terry Kaye
Gender: Male
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Most Referenced Works


  • One of Australia's most noted screenwriters and film/television producers, Terry Hayes' credits include Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), both of which have been adapted into novels, Flirting (1991), Dead Calm (1989), The Year My Voice Broke (1987), Mr Reliable: A True Story (c. 1996) and Payback (1999).

    Together with George Miller and Brian Hannant and writing as Terry Kaye he adapted the film Mad Max (1979) as a novel.

  • His screenwriting is selectively indexed.

Awards for Works

Mr Reliable 1996 single work film/TV crime humour

Based on an incident in the western suburbs of Sydney in 1968, in which ex-criminal Wally Melish was mistakenly believed to be holding his girlfriend hostage: the siege ended with NSW Commissioner of Police Norm Allen acting as witness to the wedding of Melish and his 'hostage'.

1996 nominated AFI Awards Best Film
Bangkok Hilton 1989 series - publisher film/TV crime

'Following the death of her mother, Katrina Stanton leaves Australia in search of her father. She meets Arkie Regan who talks his way into her lonely life. A brief and romantic sojourn in Goa turns into an extended nightmare when a Thailand stopover reveals a quantity of heroin in Katrina's luggage. Regan vanishes and Katrina is facing execution if she is found guilty of drug trafficking. Only her elusive father, Hal Stanton, can save her.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 21/1/2014)

1990 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Telemovie or Mini Series
Vietnam 1987 series - publisher film/TV historical fiction

Historical mini-series following a single family through eight years of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War: Douglas Goddard, a senior public servant working in Canberra; his dillusioned wife Evelyn; his son Phil, who is first conscripted to Vietnam and then returns as a regular soldier; and his daughter Megan, whose love for the son of a migrant worker leads her to Sydney and the anti-Vietnam movement.

Moran argues, in his Guide to Australian TV Series, that 'Vietnam has a wonderful complexity, majesty and sweep in its treatment of the years 1964-72'. While praising the compexity and elegiac nature of the program's treatment of inter-personal relationships, he adds,

The sweep of Vietnam is equally impressive -- the ability to narratively marshall a long series of events into a chain that connects history and the personal, a chain that begins in 1964 behind closed doors but increasingly could not be contained there, bursting out into the public arena of the media, the streets, the judges and finally the ballot box. And equally, Vietnam is a majestic document that fills an important space in the Laborist view of Australian politics created by the mini-series in the 1980s.

The mini series enjoyed enormous popularity when it was screened on Australian television.

1988 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Single Drama or Mini Series
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